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GTA IV DLC Announced

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the does-it-let-me-jack-the-space-shuttle dept.

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Rockstar Games recently announced upcoming downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV, entitled The Lost and Damned. It's due out on February 17th, and it focuses on a member of a Liberty City biker gang, rather than Niko Bellic. Joystiq has some early screenshots. "In the original game, Niko crossed paths with The Lost several times. This time, Niko has only a bit part, [Rockstar's Dan Houser] says. 'The story is not directly impacted by decisions you took in the main game,' he says. But 'tons of details and mysteries from the main story get explained, so it will add a lot of color to the main story.'"

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Aww just downloadable content... (3, Interesting)

GoldMace (315606) | more than 5 years ago | (#25855853)

Was all psyched up for a new game in a new city...kind of like Vice City...but set in Washington DC...

GTAIV Is Garbage. Ruined By The Xbox 360 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25857677)

Worst GTA ever.

Gimped to fit on the stupid smaller than normal 7 gigabyte 360 DVDs and wimpy graphics hardware.

50 million wasted on a game no one gives a shit about.

Re:GTAIV Is Garbage. Ruined By The Xbox 360 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25858029)

Jesus, there's nothing sadder than this kind of gaming fanboy.

Re:GTAIV Is Garbage. Ruined By The Xbox 360 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860013)

I think that's our PS3troll again, he didn't use his usual keywords though.

Re:GTAIV Is Garbage. Ruined By The Xbox 360 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25860037)

Awww, is that you Zonkybaby? Or perhaps one of his buttbuddies?

Fucking losers. Go back to crying over your worthless HD-DVD collection and RRoD Xboxes retards.

Re:GTAIV Is Garbage. Ruined By The Xbox 360 (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 4 years ago | (#25868279)

There's nothing more pathetic than an inter-game-system flamewar.

Epic Fail Microsoft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25858129)

For the money they wasted on this silly DLC and how much they went on and on and on about it you would have thought it was something to get excited about.

Unlike GTA SA I don't know ANYONE who is still playing this one. I remember people who basically lived inside of GTA SA for a year or two. Very few even bothered to get more than halfway through GTAIV and have long since sold the game back or have it sitting at the bottom of a stack of old games.

Epic fail Microsoft. They picked a game that Rockstar developers were constantly complaining to the press about what a nightmare it was to develop on and then the actual DLC doesn't come out until almost a year later long after everyone has forgotten about the game and are overloaded with the mass of holiday titles.

RRoD, disc scratching, this waste of 50 million bucks, the almost complete disintegration of the Xbox first party developer array(what is it down to only 3 first party studios now?). No wonder the 360 is selling just as poorly as the first Xbox.

Re:Aww just downloadable content... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25859075)

Don't worry. GTA is a piece of shit and only an imbecile would play it.

360 only :( (4, Informative)

Trracer (210292) | more than 5 years ago | (#25855881)

Too bad it's Xbox 360 only. :(

Re:360 only :( (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25856791)

The the real story here is that XBox fanboys praise Microsoft over the deal, but they're the ones that get hurt, by spending more money than they would had originally had if the game would had been crossplatform.

Re:360 only :( (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25856807)

The game is cross-platform.

Also money MS throws at Rockstar isn't really taken from the users, they're massively loss leading and the system itself is dropping in price, not going up. Besides, you can't pass fixed costs (like moneyhats) on to the customer because you'd make less money by raising the price (unless you're below the optuimum price already in which case, why didn't you raise it to the optimum price earlier?).

Re:360 only :( (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25858727)

Too bad you bought the wrong console.

Uh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25855883)

Nice. "playstation" tag + ps controller icon for an Xbox 360 DLC announcement.

Re:Uh.. (1)

Corbets (169101) | more than 5 years ago | (#25855905)

It's soulskill. Guy's an idiot.

what the hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25855909)

bukkake? cum? jizzm? what's up with the tags?

I don't care.... (0)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 5 years ago | (#25855925)

... because I don't have a 360. It's pathedic that they made this DLC ONLY for the 360 and not the PS3.

Re:I don't care.... (4, Funny)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25855973)

Pathedic?

Your spelling is derrible.

Re:I don't care.... (2, Insightful)

Lord Fury (977501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25856065)

It may be pathetic, but it's not surprising. Microsoft paid Rockstar to make the first few rounds of dlc xbox360 exclusive.

Re:I don't care.... (2, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857939)

Are we supposed to feel sorry for you because you bet on the wrong horse? Jeez, grow up.

Re:I don't care.... (3, Insightful)

Babbster (107076) | more than 4 years ago | (#25867087)

What's worse is that we knew the game was fixed over 2 years ago. Rockstar announced that Xbox 360 had "dibs" on downloadable content for GTA4 around the time that the PS3 was released. So, anyone who bought a PS3 wanting GTA4 with the extras was pretty far out of a loop that included, well, most gamers who were interested in GTA4.

Re:I don't care.... (2, Insightful)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860511)

I don't care about MGS4. It's pathedic that they made it only for the PS3 and not the 360.

Oh wait, I do care and I do want, that's why I made this post.

If you wanted the GTA4 DLC you should've got a 360, just as when the craving for MGS4 becomes too much I shall purchase a PS3.

Re:I don't care.... (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 4 years ago | (#25868311)

It's one thing to make a game that only works on one platform. It's another thing for a company to pay to make additions to a multi-platform game exclusive for their platform.

Re:I don't care.... (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25870909)

That's an illogical statement. Microsoft effectively funded the creation of the content. This is no different to Sony using their large share in Square Enix to hold back the release of FFXIII on the 360. Square only changed their mind on this as the gap between the PS3 and 360 stopped shrinking (that gap is stuck at around 8mill atm, it was closing until Microsoft did their most recent price drop and is now widening again) and it became obvious the 360 sells that many more games (around 2 - 3 times as many per user compared to the PS3). Similarly it makes business sense to release MGS4 on the 360 too because so many people would buy it so there's clearly pressure or an incentive from Sony of some kind there to prevent it.

Nintendo probably engages in it least because games for the Wii controllers aren't usually easily adaptable and they have a massively successful 1st party lineup anyway. To suggest it's something only Microsoft is guilty of however simply stinks of nothing but jealousy, particularly as the practice of pressuring exclusive games and content clearly isn't unique to Microsoft.

The Lost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25856033)

Who gives a crap about The Lost?

This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (3, Insightful)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25856301)

Microsoft paid 50$ million for the exclusive rights to two large DLC packs for GTA, which is fine.
The thing is, I think a lot of people don't realise that for all the open ended gameplay for GTA the series has evolved over the years to being great single player storyline focused games.
Saints Row 1 and 2 are following the old GTA style of crazy gameplay with a loose story, whereas GTA4 was a fairly good story with brilliant presentation and a wonderful world.

I'm a complete and utter GTA fanboy, I loved GTA:SA and GTA4 and I purchased multiple copies (multiple systems) but I have absoloutely no desire for this DLC.
I personally find DLC just cheapens most games and makes them feel like a product rather than an experience, like a book or movie.
Would you pay for an extra 5 minutes of Star Wars (Lucas tried to offer it to us, again most of us hated it)

DLC has it's place but the only DLC for GTA I'd be interested in would be a full, complete expansion pack - ideally a new island and at least 20 or 30 SP missions plus some characters.
Frankyly I'd rather the dev time be spent on a GTA4 - II or a GTA 5 game.

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25856833)

I've been considering Saint's Row but the back of the box was talking about needing bling-bling to gain respect and I really don't want to play retarded MTV clichees.

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25857315)

I was excited about Saint's Row until I realized it was for niggers.

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25857915)

I spent most of Saints Row 2 running around in a Hot Dog suit. Bling is not vital to the overall experience. Calm down and let yourself have some fun

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (1)

mollymoo (202721) | more than 5 years ago | (#25858061)

Wearing the right clothes and driving the right car are part of the game in GTA IV too.

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (1, Insightful)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857891)

That's just silly whining. What, you want to see a fully original city the size and detailedness of Liberty City done from scratch every 9 months? Well don't count on it because they couldn't do as good in little enough time if they had a billion dollar budget.

What they're doing is try to give you as much to play with for the work they did. You have a fantastic game but yet you don't want to see more content for it? That's mad, what's next, you're going to whine about bonus tracks on music albums? It's either you get more content so that you get more to play with and get to play the game from a different point of view which I find interesting (i.e. a badass American biker instead of an Eastern European immigrant) and get to do different stuff you didn't get to do so far, or you just wait for 4 years for the next installement. That's an easy choice if you ask me.

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (2, Interesting)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25858011)

"That's just silly whining. What, you want to see a fully original city the size and detailedness of Liberty City done from scratch every 9 months? Well don't count on it because they couldn't do as good in little enough time if they had a billion dollar budget."

I don't recall saying that at all.
I'd rather they simply didn't bother wasting 9 motnhs with the DLC.
I'm happy to wait another 2 / 3 / 4 years for a game as good as GTA4, not these silly little 'pockets' of game.

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25858315)

Well, how is that DLC inferior to the rest of the game? I mean, is the experience any worse?

Re:This is going to backfire on MS and Rock* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25861445)

I personally find DLC just cheapens most games and makes them feel like a product rather than an experience, like a book or movie.
Would you pay for an extra 5 minutes of Star Wars (Lucas tried to offer it to us, again most of us hated it)

I'd pay for a second issue of a comic book series I liked. I'd sit down and watch another episode of my favorite TV show.

If it's a brilliant world you enjoy playing in what's wrong with revisiting it? I really think you're being reactionary for the sake of it.

Tool said it best (1)

Nick Ives (317) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862975)

I personally find DLC just cheapens most games and makes them feel like a product rather than an experience, like a book or movie.

All you read and
Wear or see and
Hear on tv
Is a product
Begging for your
Fatass dirty
Dollar

So...shut up and

Buy my new record
Send more money
Fuck you, buddy.

Once you accept everything is a product it makes it all easier. It becomes part of the artistic form, in fact, and seeing how the producers work within the constraints of it being a product becomes part of the charm of whatever work you're looking at.

If you want something different then stick to "high art" in galleries. They have films, music / sounds and I bet it wont be too long before there are games that exist purely as art, that is to say they have no purpose other than their own existence (which is, I think, the only really universal characteristic of art).

On behalf of Niko Bellic. (2, Funny)

Drenaran (1073150) | more than 5 years ago | (#25856411)

Niko Bellic is only a "bit part" in this up-coming game???

In the words of Niko, "I'll rip your fucking heart out!".

Re:On behalf of Niko Bellic. (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857955)

What, you haven't played ENOUGH with that guy yet? You just want more of the exact same stuff? What do you know, maybe you're gonna like the new biker character better? I mean at least he's gonna do new stuff, differently and all that.

There is a story? (1, Troll)

SchizoStatic (1413201) | more than 5 years ago | (#25856493)

So this expands on the story of GTA? Wait there is a story? I never got past killing hookers and jacking cars I guess.

Re:There is a story? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25859881)

So this expands on the story of GTA? Wait there is a story? I never got past killing hookers and jacking cars I guess.

You only played for 15 seconds?

Fuck DLC. (-1, Troll)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857335)

Where's the PC version? I don't play consoles, because I'm not a child.

Re:Fuck DLC. (1, Informative)

Negatyfus (602326) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857397)

I don't see how you're not, acting all childish on Slashdot.

Re:Fuck DLC. (1)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857647)

Ok mod. I get that this is flamebait, but the OP is not a frickin' troll for their "Game consoles are for kids"? Talk about unevened. Both added no content to the topic.

Also, try telling that to my dad who absoluetly f'ing loved a little game called "Desert Strike" back in the day.

Anyways, DLC is a double edged sword. You can farm it out and hope it gets a good job done. You develop inhouse and lose production time on other big titles.

Re:Fuck DLC. (0)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#25860951)

Informative?!? Just because you disagree fundamentally with part of my statement doesn't mean I'm childish. What a ludicrous idea.

I don't think grown people should be spending money on consoles. Truthfully, playing games at all over 30 feels a little like a guilty pleasure, a lack of human ambition, and maybe even yet another opiate of the masses.

You can disagree, but that doesn't make you informative at all. LOL

Re:Fuck DLC. (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 5 years ago | (#25868675)

I would even qualify "oh, it's just an opiate of the masses" as a fairly childish statement as well.

Re:Fuck DLC. (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#25870695)

Meh, I think you could probably get a scientific research paper to back the claim. This is slashdot after all, or were you just trying to assume I was a Jr. High arm chair sociologist?

Re:Fuck DLC. (2, Informative)

chainsaw1 (89967) | more than 5 years ago | (#25857489)

+1 Informative. (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861017)

Information: Check.

Moderation: FAIL.

Terrible (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 5 years ago | (#25861985)

GTAIV sucks. I bought it, played it for a few days then counted the days to Saints Row II. I believe the torch has passed in this genre - Saints has it, GTA lost it.

Hopefully: (0)

Walpurgiss (723989) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862157)

Hopefully, once the X360 exclusive deal for DLC runs out, Rockstar will make a PS3 exclusive DLC for GTAIV that reinserts lost and missing gameplay aspects from previous games into GTAIV.

e.g. [youtube.com]

Summary: Tanks, Parachutes, Planes, Flamethrower, Trains, Hydraulics, Connecting Semi-truck trailers, Replays, usable Fork trucks, Car customisation, Bicycles.

Also pointed out, is that people far away somehow notice you and flee as soon as you scope them with a rifle, despite the fact they probably should have no idea they are being sighted until a shot is fired. (Or hits something nearby anyway)

Ahhhhh.. (1)

Madsy (1049678) | more than 5 years ago | (#25868829)

Let's hope they will leave the cellphone feature out of this one. In GTA IV, you get girlfriends, friends and "business associates" as the story evolves. They get added to the contact list on your cellphone, which the main character brings with him at all times. Occasionally, friends will call you to hang out, in which case you take them bowling, drinking, playing eight-ball, darts or other minigames.
The problem is that occasionally in Rockstar terms means every goddamn 10 minutes! It's so annoying I've just played GTA IV for four hours and then left it. To make matters worse, you get penalty points if you hang up on them.
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